Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jun 5, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. “We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops or businessmen, cannot in good conscience provide insurance that covers drugs and procedures that undermine the … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia urges support of March for Marriage

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 5, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In defense of the dignity of marriage, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced its participation in the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., later this month. “By its very nature, marriage is ordered not only to companionship and mutual support, but also – and even more fundamentally – to the procreation and education of children,” stated Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. … [Read more...]

Bishop wows Georgia Catholics at baseball charity night

Savannah, Ga., Jun 5, 2014 / 12:19 pm (CNA).- It's the first time the Savannah Sand Gnats have seen a standing ovation after the first pitch. That's probably because Gregory J. Hartmayer, Franciscan bishop of Savannah, threw it in front of more than 1,500 Catholics in attendance for a charity night at Grayson Stadium for the Sand Gnats vs. the Asheville Tourists game. Barbara King, director of communications for the diocese, said the bishop had a combination of practice and … [Read more...]

Despite improvements, still ‘a long way to go’ for US homeless

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report on homelessness shows some improvements in the country's response to those who are without shelter, but also a need for continued work, said an advisor to the U.S. bishops. “There's a long way to go still, especially (for) those who are most vulnerable,” said Tom Mulloy, policy advisor on economy, labor, housing and welfare for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a June 3 interview with CNA, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis appoints new board for Vatican’s financial watchdog

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed a new board for the Authority for Financial Information, marking a new step in the path toward financial transparency, and strengthening the international profile of the authority. The new members are: Marc Odendall, a financial consultant in the philanthropic sector, from Switzerland; Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, president of the Council of Consultors of the president of Singapore; Juan Zarate, senior advisor at the … [Read more...]

Late cardinal of India remembered for his serenity in suffering

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 07:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the funeral Mass for Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy, who passed away Monday, fellow cardinals gathered to commemorate his life of service, as well as his sense of peace in the midst of suffering. “For two decades (he) dedicated his energy to the great cause of the evangelization of peoples until when, tried by illness, he continued to serve the Church with the prayer of suffering, with an attitude of great serenity,” … [Read more...]

Pope: the Church is not a rental house, but a home

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily on Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples, cautioning that there are many in the Church who call themselves Catholic, but are only half committed. There are some groups that “rent the Church, but do not claim it as their home,” the Pope observed during his June 5 daily Mass, stating that the Church “is not a house to rent” but rather “is a home to live … [Read more...]